Both teams started from the first round of the competition (1/16). Shakhtar, if not considering their first game in Mariupol, had some difficulties along the way meeting resistance from every team. Especially surprising was the face-off with Vorskla Poltava which almost revenged the miners for the face-slap from two years previously. In the semi-final Shakhtar defeated the Armymen which, alas, managed to show no teeth in their second game. Dnipro impressed when it easily defeated the two-time winners of the tournament, Chornomorets Odessa.